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On Wednesday, May 12, 2004, the United States and Panama signed a reciprocal maritime ship boarding agreement [entered into force December 1, 2004] in support of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). 

 

The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)

 

The Proliferation Security Initiative was announced by President Bush on May 31, 2003, and is working to establish cooperative partnerships worldwide to prevent the flow of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems, and related materials to and from states and non-state actors of proliferation concern.

 

What the U.S.-Panama Ship Boarding Agreement Does

 

The U.S.-Panama Proliferation Security Initiative maritime ship boarding agreement -- which is an amendment to a very successful existing maritime law enforcement assistance arrangement between the U.S. and Panama -- will facilitate cooperation between the United States and Panama to prevent shipments by sea of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems, or related materials by establishing procedures to board and search vessels suspected of carrying such items that are located in international waters. -- Excerpt from fact sheet, May 12, 2004

  
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